• 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 / H2 Carbon

    Kawasaki Ninja H2 / H2 Carbon A massive 230 hp motor, new Stylema calipers, tires, instrumentation and more
  • Gets “self-repairing” paintjob
  • ‘Carbon edition’ gets carbon panel feature limited to the front fairings
  • Öhlins NIX30 43 mm fully adjustable fork with TiN treatment
  • Packed with electronic rider aids include the advanced 6-axis IMU
  • updated KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control) and KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Braking System)
  • 3 step KLCM (Kawasaki Launch Control Mode)
  • new LED turn signals and an LED license plate lamp
  • new “Supercharged” emblem
  • Panels coated in a solution of silver ions
  • new TFT instrumentation
  • All LED lighting
  • Gets the all-new Smartphone Connectivity via bluetooth
  • 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve, liquid-cooled, supercharged motor Will now make 230 hp
  • New air filter, intake chamber and spark plugs
  • “Balanced Supercharged technology” with Variable intake vanes
  • Ninja star wheels adorns new Bridgestone Battlax RS11
  • Fully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 unit
  • Ohlins Steering damper
  • Brembo Stylema calipers
  • Iconic Kawasaki River Mark
  • Planetary gears

A massive 230 hp motor, new Stylema calipers, tires, instrumentation and more

When launched three years ago, the H2 was an elegant artwork of supreme violence making 207 hp, more power than any of the superbikes in competition then. Then came the rest of the chaps who caught on with the horsepower war, with the most recent Ducati V4 making 215 hp. But it looks like the Japanese Green team didn’t like losing this race yet.

So for 2019, they have bumped up their 998cc supercharged motor to produce a lathering 230 hp, and the non-street-legal H2R will be making a mind-boggling 300 hp at the crank! It will also come with a self-healing paintjob, new brake calipers, tires, TFT instrumentation and a new Bluetooth connectivity app.

  • 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 / H2 Carbon
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Displacement:
    998 cc
  • Price:
    28000 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • Overall:
    8.8/10
For 2019, they have bumped up their 998cc supercharged motor to produce a lathering 230 hp. It will also come with a self-healing paintjob, new brake calipers, tires, TFT instrumentation and a new Bluetooth connectivity app.

STYLING

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2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2

Only Kawasaki’s breed of imaginative designers could have turned a blank design canvas into the H2. That design, even though is more than a couple of years old, still manages to shock and awe every brain in that skull of mine. All due to be given for its signature silver mirror paint job and sci-fi looks, to its electric green trellis frame and Ninja star wheels.

Looks are unlike any other Ninja as the H2 panels are coated in a solution of silver ions that forms a pure silver layer giving the bike a dark and moody yet highly reflective image when standing in the sun. But as night falls, it plays tricks on your eyes; almost like a stealth bomber for the road. For the 2019 edition, it gets “self-repairing” tech that can vanish minor scratches and bumps off the surface with the help of just a little heat.

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‘Carbon edition’ gets carbon panel feature limited to the front fairings

But that paint only “allows certain types of scratches to repair themselves” and not ones made by a coin or key, or zip fasteners says Kawasaki. Also new for 2019 are wheel pinstripes, a new “Supercharged” emblem with red accents and new LED turn signals and an LED license plate lamp.

Still catching from every angle of your eye is the bright green skeletal trellis frame, a piece of art defining the shape of the bike’s midriff. Welding on this is a match to none, and if you are into that sort of a thing, this is the epitome. The ‘Carbon edition’ gets every raceboy’s favorite carbon panel feature limited only to the front fairings. And the paint job dons the matte black finish. This is a limited edition of just 120 units, and each will carry its unique reference number on a plaque on the supercharger plate.

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All LED lighting
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Iconic Kawasaki River Mark
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Panels coated in a solution of silver ions
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Ninja star wheels
adorns new Bridgestone Battlax RS11

Coming to the fairings, they have major aero touches including the rearview mirrors to assist high-speed stability and downforce. And one cannot mistake the giant air intake surrounding the mono headlight projector reminding every one of the devouring spooling by the custom designed supercharger.

The LCD instrumentation is now swapped with a new TFT instrumentation we saw on the H2 SX SE. The screen gets four selectable display modes and adjusts brightness automatically based on the ambient light. All of it is accessible via hand control switches on the bar. Then there is the all-new Smartphone Connectivity - an app that can give you access to vehicle information, riding records, notifications and vehicle setting all transmitted via Bluetooth.

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Gets the all-new Smartphone Connectivity
via bluetooth
The LCD instrumentation is now swapped with a new TFT instrumentation. Then there is the all-new Smartphone Connectivity - an app that can give you access to vehicle information, riding records, notifications and vehicle setting all transmitted via Bluetooth.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 Ducati Panigale V4 S Aprilia RSV4 RF LE
Length 82.1 in n / a 80.9 in
Width 31.3 in n / a 28.9 in
Height 44.3 in n / a n / a
Wheelbase 57.3 in 57.8 in 56.4 in
Seat height 32.5 in 32.4 in 33.2 in
Wet weight 524.8 lb 430 lb 450 lb
Fuel capacity 4.5 gal 4.23 gal 4.9 gal

POWERTRAIN

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4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve, liquid-cooled, supercharged motor
Will now make 230 hp

Even after four years since its debut, it is still the only thing to roll out of a major factory with forced induction. Co-developed by Kawasaki’s motorcycle and aerospace division, this ‘world’s only’ supercharged hyper sports motorcycle now gets a more powerful 998cc motor, thanks to a new air filter, intake chamber and spark plugs.

This, along with better ECU mapping, puts the power rating to a massive 230 hp. The acceleration on this new Ninja H2 will put every purist into a realm of more content and less bitter. But surprisingly, this new engine maintains similar fuel efficiency as the previous models with the help of the “Balanced Supercharged technology” we saw in the Ninja H2 SX. Variable intake vanes and all to alter the airflow into the supercharger. It is also 6.6 lbs less than the previous H2/H2R engine.

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new “Supercharged” emblem

The transmission has a 6-speed dog ring system found on MotoGP bikes with a quickshifter. The updated model will feature an Assist and Slipper clutch that allows the clutch lever to be lighter and assist in downshifting and preventing wheel lock. To meet Euro IV emissions, the exhaust system is revised but that does not take away any of the vibrations found in places of hell.

Co-developed by Kawasaki’s motorcycle and aerospace division, this ‘world’s only’ supercharged hyper sports motorcycle now gets a more powerful 998cc motor, thanks to a new air filter, intake chamber and spark plugs. This, along with better ECU mapping, puts the power rating to a massive 230 hp.
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New air filter, intake chamber and spark plugs
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Planetary gears
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“Balanced Supercharged technology”
with Variable intake vanes

Engine Specification

Make Model 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 Ducati Panigale V4 S Aprilia RSV4 RF LE
Capacity cc 998 1103 999.6
Bore / Stroke in 76 / 55 81 / 53.5 78 / 52.3
Output 230 hp 214 hp @ 13000 rpm 201 hp @ 13000 rpm
Torque n / a 91.5 lb-ft @ 10000 84.8 lb-ft @ 10500 rpm
Type 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve, liquid-cooled, supercharged Desmosedici Stradale 90° V4, rearward-rotating crankshaft, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled Aprilia longitudinal 65° V-4 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooling system, double overhead camshafts (DOHC), four valves per cylinder
Clutch type Multiplate assist and slipper clutch Wet- Multiplate with slipper assist Multi plate wet clutch with mechanical slipper system
Transmission 6-speed with Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS) (upshift & downshift) 6-speed, Hydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch 6-speed with Aprilia Quick Shift Electronic System (AQS)

RIDE AND HANDLING

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 / H2 Carbon
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Packed with electronic rider aids
include the advanced 6-axis IMU

Riding this Ninja is an intimidating experience. That is because of the fairly hefty bulk it lugs around for which one has to pull every muscle strength to heave this around corners. In simple terms, if you want to chase the stopwatch on a track, this isn’t the weapon of choice. That being said, once you have trained those reflexes, the fun and thrill keep getting a notch higher every time you urge to twist that throttle. You might feel the chassis flex lightly due to the compressed shock, but eventually, the feedback you get gives you the confidence to keep pushing harder.

Electronic rider aids include the advanced 6-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) system, updated KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control) and KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Braking System) that hopefully prevents you getting dangerously out of control. A 3 step KLCM (Kawasaki Launch Control Mode) will prevent wheel spin and minimize wheelies off the line. The quick shifter is now also enabled as an auto-blipper for coming seamlessly back down through the gearbox.

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Ohlins Steering damper
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Fully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 unit

Also blessing this time is the Genuine Accessories kit that allows riders to get the right riding position and an updated instrumentation that comprises of bank angle display, max bank angle recording function and boost indicator as an added feature. To add a little more control and bling, the H2 gets Ohlins TTX shock offering more support and ride quality with 22 adjustment settings for every breed of riders. Updated linkage ratios apparently also improve its track manners.

Dual semi-floating 330 mm Brembo discs now get new high-grade Brembo Stylema front calipers and comes equipped with KIBS ABS. Acknowledging this frame is a short wheelbase setup with the Ninja-star rear wheel on its single-sided swingarm that adores new Bridgestone Battlax RS11 Sport Tires contribute to improved handling on the 2019 H2.

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updated KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control) and KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Braking System)
The braking department also sees new changes on their metal braided Monoblock M50 Brembo units with the front relying on a pair of new 5mm thicker steel discs with an increased dia of 330 mm gripped by superior friction coefficient brake pads.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 Ducati Panigale V4 S Aprilia RSV4 RF LE
Frame Tubular steel Trellis frame Aluminum alloy "Front Frame" Aluminum dual beam chassis with pressed and cast sheet elements
Suspension / Front 43mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability and top-out springs Öhlins NIX30 43 mm fully adjustable fork with TiN treatment. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC2.0 event-based mode. Öhlins NIX USD 43 mm fork with TIN surface treatment USD 43 mm. Forged billet aluminum radial caliper mountings. Adjustable spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound damping
Suspension / Rear New Uni-Trak, Öhlins TTX36 gas-charged shock with piggyback reservoir, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out spring Fully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode. Aluminum single-sided swingarm Öhlins TTX 36 monoshock with piggy-back, fully adjustable in: spring preload, wheelbase and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. New progressive linkage. 120 mm wheel travel
Brakes / Front Dual radial-mount, Brembo Stylema opposed 4-piston calipers, dual semi-floating 330mm discs, KIBS ABS 2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Stylema® (M4.30) 4-piston callipers with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO Dual 330-mm diameter floating stainless steel disc with lightweight stainless steel rotor and aluminum flange with 6 pins. Brembo M50 monobloc radial calipers with 30 mm opposing pistons. Sintered pads. Radial pump and metal braided brake hose. Bosch 9.1 MP ABS with cornering function, adjustable to 3 maps equipped with RLM
Brakes / Rear Opposed 2-piston calipers, single 250mm disc, KIBS ABS 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO 220 mm diameter disc; Brembo caliper with two 32 mm separate pistons. Sintered pads. Pump with integrated tank and metal braided hose. Bosch 9.1 MP ABS with cornering function, adjustable to 3 maps equipped with RLM
Tires / Front 120/70 ZR17 (58W) Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17 190/50 ZR 17
Tires / Rear 200/55 ZR17 (78W) Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/60 ZR17 190/55 ZR 17

PRICE

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Öhlins NIX30 43 mm fully adjustable fork with TiN treatment

Pricing and availability of the 2019 Ninja H2 and H2 Carbon will be out soon. The previous model would have cost you $28,000 for the Standard H2, while the H2 Carbon would come with a $31,000 price tag.

The 2019 Ninja H2 is available in Mirror Coated Spark Black, while the 2019 Ninja H2 Carbon is offered in Mirror Coated Matte Spark Black / Golden Blazed Green with its clear coated raw carbon fiber fairing on display.

Make Model 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 Ducati Panigale V4 S Aprilia RSV4 RF LE
MSRP $ 28,000 - $30,000 $ 27,495 $ 24,499

COMPETITION

Ducatai Panigale V4 S

Get ready for a new dream sequence: The Ducati Panigale V4 Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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Christened as the Panigale V4, Ducati calls it the ‘new symphony of all Italian performance and emotion.’ Powering this will be the brand’s most technologically sophisticated and compact power-plant ever created that is believed to annihilate anything in the liter class superbike segment. The crazy new ‘Desmosedici Stradale’ 1103cc plant screams at the top of its voice at 14000 rpm and pumps out a mighty 214 hp at 13000 rpm. Add the all-titanium Akrapovič racing exhaust, and you can boost the power to 226 hp.

Coming to electronics, the V4 is graduated to an even higher degree of wizardry, again gaining from the Ducati Corse touch. Debuting here are the controlled drift during braking and ABS Cornering. Other packages included three new Riding Modes, Traction Control, Slide Control, Wheelie Control, Power Launch, Quick Shift up/down, Engine Brake Control and Electronic Suspension.

Controlling the rise and fall from the massive acceleration and baking will be the 43mm Showa Big Piston Fork (BPF) at the front and fully adjustable Sachs shock at the rear. A Sachs steering damper completes the front-end package. New lightweight Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers are the evolution of the M50 and handle the decelerations pretty well. The new 5" full-TFT dashboard comes with the Ducati Multimedia System.

Aprilia RSV4 RF LE

Aprilia's RSV4 RF 'Limited Edition' breaks cover Exterior
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Called as the Aprilia RSV4 RF LE (RF Limited Edition), the carbon fiber winglets on this will change the way future superbikes will look like. Underpinned by the legendary RSV4 architecture, the new machine will be a limited edition affair of just 125 units, and all of them are heading to North America.

The special livery seen here is a salute to the first world championship win in 1987 by Loris Reggiani on his AF1 250GP, which is also on the current MotoGP RS-GP prototypes. You also get the “Limited Edition” logo and the unit number laser inscribed on the steering yolk plate, and forged aluminum rims come as a standard option. The color TFT instrumentation tethered to the advanced V4-MP multimedia platform transforms your smartphone into a semi-professional “virtual” dashboard instrumentation.

The Limited Edition affair will be underpinned by the same potent four stroke, liquid cooled, V-4, 999.6cc engine with its 65° angle between the banks that made an exceptional chassis architecture to work around with. The 4-stroke, liquid-cooled mill prances with a whopping 201 hp at an exhilarating 13,000 rpm and peaks the torque map at 82.8 lb-ft coming at 10,500 rpm. This four-cylinder mill comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox, which gets the assistance of Aprilia Quick Shift Electronic System (AQS) and a slipper clutch mechanism.

The RSV4 RF receives an Aluminium dual beam chassis, Ohlins NIX forks and TIX shocks and an adjustable steering damper, Monoblock M50 Brembo units with “Race ABS” Bosch 9MP adjustable to 3 map settings. Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation, Traction Control, Wheelie Control, Launch Control, cruise control and speed limiter, all of which can be configured and deactivated independently suitable to the three riding maps: Track, Sport and Race.

VERDICT

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3 step KLCM (Kawasaki Launch Control Mode)

BMW had given the world’s first supercharged motorcycle in the ’30s that was christened as the BMW Type 255 Kompressor, and it had a Zoller sliding vane supercharger bolted to the front of the DOHC boxer twin power mill. Many turbocharged motorcycles came in between but nothing set the world running crazy as the feisty Kawasaki Ninja H2, Carbon and the H2R did.

With the 2019 edition turning the heat all the way up, it has once again left the competition high and dry. When it lands in October, its 230 hp hyper sports motor will be the most powerful street legal and street capable liter-class machine ever to come out of a major manufacturer. With the addition of the Brembo Stylema front calipers, a redesigned supercharged emblem, and Kawasaki’s Highly Durable Paint, it becomes even more exclusive for the rest to catch on.

It sounds amazing, and it is the fastest accelerating thing on 2 wheels in production. And that is why you should be bonkers enough to buy it and take a grim from everyone passing by. What a time to live in!

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